John Totleben joins Yeates on the art this issue, but it’s hard to see what effect his inks have on it. The issue is almost incomprehensibly dense, with Pasko starting in the States somewhere and ending up in Dachau. Not sure how well the big reveal works—the Nazis were fueled by a powerful psychic who’s been reincarnated and wants to start the Holocaust up again.
It seems a little insensitive.
What’s best about the issue, which barely features Swamp Thing—it’s more of a global-trotting thriller for his sidekicks, Liz and… the blond-haired dude—is how much Pasko and Yeates fit into it. It’s fully organic, lush comic book narrative. Yeates doesn’t employ any special panel arrangement, he just impossibly fits everything on each page.
The Stranger backup from Cavalieri and Carrillo is weak. The Stranger helps rid the world of an endangered species. Bully for him.
Number of the Beast; writer, Martin Pasko; penciller, Thomas Yeates; inker, John Totleben; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, Todd Klein. …By All That’s Holy!; writer, Joey Cavalieri; artist, Fred Carrillo; colorist, Tom Ziuko. Editors, Nicola Cuti and Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.